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Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula joins World Cocoa Foundation

BY Antoinette Alexander

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula has joined the World Cocoa Foundation in support of efforts to provide economic, social and environmental development in cocoa-growing communities.

As one of the first cocoa butter skin care brands in the United States, Palmer’s has become synonymous with cocoa butter. The Palmer’s brand was founded more than 160 years ago. Like the WCF, the brand recognizes the benefits associated with the cocoa bean and in this partnership hopes to lend support to the foundation’s mission to stimulate a sustainable cocoa economy.

Palmer’s main cocoa supplier for the Cocoa Butter Formula brand, Dutch Cocoa, is part of ECOM Agro Industrial, which maintains close relationships with cocoa producers and their families in order to help strengthen the farmers’ position and to ensure an ample supply of high-quality raw materials. ECOM Cocoa supports farmers through financial investments, training and education in farming practices, distribution arrangements and technological support and services.

"We are proud to be part of the World Cocoa Foundation’s efforts to fully support cocoa farmers and their families around the world," stated Robert Neis, president of E.T. Browne Drug. "WCF recognizes the challenges that independent cocoa farmers face each year, and by becoming a member, we are assisting with the successful implementation of programs that help farm families increase income while also providing education and community development."

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RapidLash declares ‘Wink Week’ in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month

BY Antoinette Alexander

MASHPEE, Mass. — RapidLash, an eyelash and eyebrow enhancing serum for the mass market, is encouraging women of all ages to participate in its second Wink Week event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

RapidLash is committed to supporting breast cancer awareness throughout the year by donating 5% of all company profits to multiple cause-related charities. In an effort to boost awareness and contributions during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the brand is celebrating with its second official Wink Week campaign. From Oct. 22 to 29, RapidLash will donate an additional $1 for all fan activity on its Facebook page.
 


The RapidLash Facebook page will be the central hub for Wink Week. Consumers can instantly give back by “liking” the page, and all fan engagement with the brand’s daily polls and product giveaways will qualify for additional monetary donations. It will feature “Wink Worthy” beauty trends and lash tips from celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose. Fans also will be encouraged to share their own favorite lash and brow looks on the Facebook page.



RapidLash eyelash and eyebrow enhancing serum is designed to help improve the overall appearance and condition of lashes and brows. RapidLash is available through spas, physician practices, skin care professionals, and at drug and mass merchandisers nationwide for $49.95.

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Report: Ricky’s NYC new CEO aims to position the retailer for the digital age

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — New York’s hip and edgy beauty retailer Ricky’s NYC has tapped Catherine Moellering, former EVP at the retail consultancy Tobe Report, to serve as its new president and CEO, according to a published report.

According to a Crain’s report, Moellering joined Ricky’s in order to better position the brick-and-mortar business for the digital revolution.

"It’s about practicing what I preach," Moellering was quoting as saying in the Crain’s article. She joined Tobe in 2010 after leading the now bankrupt Best & Co. childrenswear company. She was named a Crain’s 40 Under 40 honoree in 2009. "I’ve been lecturing for years about changing consumer expectations at stores.”

According to the article, she said that beauty and tech accessories — such as iPad covers and retro headphones — are areas of focus.

Earlier this year, Todd Kenig, the former chief executive who founded the company with his brother Ricky, left the brand. He was succeeded by Richard Krantz, a retail consultant, in late spring. Krantz is no longer with the company, Crain’s reported.

Ricky’s currently operates 29 retail stores across the New York metro area, along with one location in South Beach, Fla.

 

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